An Act to change the name of the electoral district of Western Arctic

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.


Dennis Bevington  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of April 30, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment changes the name of the electoral district of Western Arctic to “Northwest Territories”.


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Electoral Boundaries Readjustment ActRoutine Proceedings

April 30th, 2009 / 10:05 a.m.
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Dennis Bevington NDP Western Arctic, NT

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-374, An Act to change the name of the electoral district of Western Arctic.

Mr. Speaker, I hope soon that you will be able to call me by the new name of my riding, which is really the Northwest Territories. People ask me many times, where is the Western Arctic? The Western Arctic is a name that came before division, when we had two ridings within the Northwest Territories. Both Yukon and Nunavut are called by their proper names. We are proud of our territory, as well, and would like to be well represented in the House of Commons in a fashion that is appropriate.

When our athletes participate in sports across the country, they do not participate as the Western Arctic, they participate as the Northwest Territories.

I beg leave for unanimous consent from the House to rectify this rather longstanding error in the identification of my riding.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)